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How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time by John Palmer is the definitive guide to making quality beers at home.

Whether you want simple, surefire instructions for making your first beer, or you’re a seasoned homebrewer working with all-grain batches, this book has something for you. Palmer adeptly covers the full range of brewing possibilities―accurately, clearly and simply.

From ingredients and methods to recipes and equipment for brewing beer at home, How To Brew is loaded with valuable information on brewing techniques and recipe formulation.

Brewing Your First Batch of Beer

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Malt and Malt Extract

Brewing with Beer Kits and Extracts


Yeast and Fermentation

Yeast Management

Water for Extract Brewing

Brewing with a Full-Volume Boil

Priming, Bottling, and Kegging

How to Brew Lager Beer

Brewing Strong Beers

Brewing with Fruits, Vegetables, and Spices

Brewing Sour Beers

Understanding Malted Barley and Adjuncts

How the Mash Works

The Methods of Mashing

Extraction and Yield: Or What to Expect from Your Mash

Getting the Wort Out (Lautering)

Brewing Your First All-Grain Batch

Residual Alkalinity, Malt Acidity, and Mash pH

Adjusting Water for Style: Famous Brewing Waters and Their Beers

Some of My Favorite Beer Styles and Recipes

Developing Your Own Recipes

Is My Beer Ruined?

Appendices (A-I)



What’s New in the Fourth Edition?

The completely revised and updated edition of How To Brew includes:



More emphasis on the top five priorities:

sanitation, fermentation temperature control, proper yeast management, the boil and the recipe



covering brewing, strong beers, fruit beers, sour beers, adjusting water for style


All other chapters revised and expanded:

What People Are Saying

jim koch

Owning How To Brew is like having a brewmaster as your best friend. In the 30-plus years since the American craft beer revolution got its start, countless brewing books have appeared. None, however, has achieved the status of How To Brew, which is thorough, comprehensive, and beautifully organized. And now, this new expanded and enhanced edition improves on the original. It’s a considerable feat to create a book that is invaluable both to first-time brewers and professional brewmasters, but John has done it with a book that is essential for everyone who is serious about brewing.

Jim Koch

Founder & Brewer of Samuel Adams

About the Author


John Palmer

How To Brew author John Palmer was born and raised in Midland, Michigan. He is author of the bestseller How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time, co-author of both Brewing Classic Styles and Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers.

A passion for science and a desire to work in the space program led John to Michigan Tech where he graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering. A lucky break gave him the opportunity to apply for a metallurgical position at a failure analysis lab in Irvine, California, and he has been living in the LA area ever since. During this time he has helped design, build, and inspect hardware that is currently flying on the International Space Station, worked in research and development of orthodontic appliances, and written three popular books on the brewing of beer.

Additional Info

How To Brew book cover

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  • Author: John Palmer
  • Pages: 608
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.8 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1938469350, 1938469356
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